Mrs. Lou Ellen Lankford Willie, 62, went to her Heavenly rest on February 5, 2008.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2008, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Reverend Jeff Bell will officiate. Interment to follow at Autumn Oaks Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on January 11, 1946, in Port Arthur, TX, to her late parents C.R. “Lanky” Lankford and Anna Lou Clements Lankford also residents of Orange, TX.

She was a graduate of Lamar College Beaumont in 1968. She taught 2nd grade at Mauriceville Elementary, and was a talented artist known for her detailed carvings, paintings, and doll making. She enjoyed bird watching, nature trails, and time spent in the garden

She will truly be missed by all of her loved ones.

She was the devoted wife of Elton Leroy Willie, beloved mother of Clara Lou Willie Bergh and husband Jason of Cypress, TX and Maranda Lea Willie Raman and husband Biju of Blythe, CA, and caring grandmother of Ashley Renee, Amy Katherine and Andrew Wayne Bergh. She was the sister of Arthur Bee Lankford and wife Joan Claire of Orange, TX and the late Mary Ann Lankford Williamson and husband Walter of Cypress, TX. She will be loved and remembered by all of her nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.